Join a popular pelagic dive (snorkel), with a team of passionate marine biologists and swim with an array of shark species!
After the safety briefing the vessel will leave the harbor and begin the 15 minute trip out to the snorkel site.
On the ride out your marine biologist and safety diver/divemaster will educate you about shark behavior, and you will learn about the biology, physiology and how to safely interact with them. While on board you will also learn about current research efforts to help save sharks via a first hand education experience as well as the safest, most respectful way to interact with and enjoy sharing the water with these incredible animals.
Upon arrival at the dive site, the first three individuals will put on their snorkel gear and walk down the swim ladder and into the water to float on the surface while the sharks and other marine pelagic species swim around the boat. The marine biologist will constantly monitor the sharks .
Your in-water guide will periodically relay information to the captain and after the initial 20min the first three people will exit the water and the second group of three will enter .Depending on the animal’s behavior, current, water conditions and individual persons comfort and snorkeling abilities it is sometimes possible to allow more than three persons in the water at a time.
After the first rotation both groups will switch and have an additional 30 min each in the water (depending on weather conditions, animal behavior, commuting to and from site and groups showing up and leaving on time, donning and adjusting gear/getting in and out of the water, the average person spends 45-95 minutes in the water).
The surface time is also a great opportunity to look for whales and dolphins *Whales are seasonal in Hawaii November to May/during the winter months. Dolphins are seen year round but not as frequently on the north shore as the west side of Oahu.
WHILE ON BOARD BETWEEN ROTATIONS YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT YOUR INTERACTIONS, WHAT SPECIFIC BEHAVIOR YOU OBSERVED, WHICH SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL SHARKS OR PELAGIC FISH, DOLPHINS, OR WHALES WERE PRESENT.
THE ROTATIONS ALSO GIVE YOU A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO SWAP AROUND YOUR DIVE GEAR IF DESIRED, ADJUST CAMERA SETTINGS, AND TALK TO THE CAPTIAN ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPERIENCED AND THE CURRENT PLIGHT OF SHARKS AND CONSERVATION EFFORTS AND NEEDS AROUND THE WORLD.